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Lebanon / Beirut Fighting #82408

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 04, 1983
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(Studio) Latest Marine casualties from Beirut fighting reported; details given of artillery attack on United States positions. Syrian missiles reported downing two US planes in air assault this morning; Navy commander Edward Andrews noted rescued with two others missing. Syrians reported releasing photos of missing pilots Lieutenant Mark Lange and Lieutenant Robert Goodman; photos shown.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Junieh, Lebanon) Syrian missile attack on United States reconnaissance planes yesterday thought basis of American retaliatory assault today; details of downing of United States planes and shelling of Marine base examined. Films shown. Implications of incident considered.
REPORTER: Charles Glass

(Damascus, Syria) Reaction here to United States air strikes examined; films shown. Syria noted appealing to other Arab states to intercede on its behalf; continue speculation that President Hafez al-Assad is seriously ill discussed. Escalation of Syrian-US conflict noted perceived here as indication that recent US-Israeli compact is accord of aggression.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) President Reagan's explanation of United States air attacks on Syrians in Lebanon outlined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Reagan's policy of retaliation examined. [REAGAN - explains today's air attack; will continue to protect forces.] Possibility of United States attacking positions within Syria considered. [Courtesy "This Week", undersecretary state Lawrence EAGLEBURGER - denies plan to evict Syria from Lebanon or arrangement with Israel.] [Courtesy "This Week", Prime Min. Yitzhak SHAMIR - questions Syria's intentions with United States and Israel.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(Studio) Criticism of President Reagan's policy in Lebanon by Alan Cranston and Jesse Jackson quoted; Eagleburger's defense of policy mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Compton, Ann;
Donaldson, Sam;
Glass, Charles;
Walker, Hal

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